Carved in Stone….Prehistoric Representative Art

photo taken by Christiane Cunnar, 4 January 2014 at the Three Rivers Petroglyph Site in southern New Mexico

Rock art at Three Rivers Petroglyph Site in New Mexico Photo Credit: Christiane Cunnar

In eHRAF Archaeology you’ll find collected descriptive texts for prehistoric traditions from around the world.  All these texts are indexed with subjects based on the Outline of Cultural Materials (OCM), a vast thesaurus of indexes and categories.  The subject categories on art include decorative art, representative art, and visual arts.  For example, if you use “representative art” or “visual art” as subjects in Advanced Search you’ll find paragraphs and pages of texts referring to techniques in painting and sculpture (e.g., drawing or painting on flat surfaces, incising in relief, modeling or carving in the round); materials and implements used; subjects (e.g., still life, landscapes, human beings, abstractions); use of color; composition; appreciation of form and perspective; styles (e.g., naturalistic, idealistic, symbolic abstract); special products (e.g., etchings, bas-reliefs, masks); and artists and sculptors.

The eHRAF Search Example & Methodology section shows how OCM subjects can be used to find information in eHRAF Archaeology.  Interested in trying out this unique cross-cultural database? Contact HRAF to request a temporary login.

 

 

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